I covered this in last week's column, but as a reminder, last night kicked off the Rochester International Film Festival, a celebration of short films that's been going on longer than I've been alive. Thirty-two shorts from all over the world will be screened this weekend in four installments -- remaining are one tonight, and two tomorrow -- at the Dryden Theatre of George Eastman House, 900 East Ave.
The strength of the RIFF, according to organizers, is the size and diversity of its programming team – a group of dozens volunteers from all walks of life, united only by a love of movies. The committee members screen each film and contribute critiques that are collected and shared with each filmmaker. The goal of this process, besides creating the best possible festival experience for filmgoers, is “to honor each submission, no matter what its origin or the pedigree of its filmmaker,” says critique coordinator Véronique Cheniaux, of Canandaigua.
Short films are more plentiful than features, but harder to find -- it usually takes a film festival like this one to give us a chance to see the true rush of creativity that's out there. If you can, get yourself over to the Dryden this weekend. It'll be worth the trip.